A jobless mainlander who fell from a fifth-floor balcony in a botched burglary was jailed yesterday for two years and four months. Ngo Chi-kong, 24, had to undergo surgery after fracturing his pelvis, breaking his left hand and cutting his left eye in his fall on January 8. Prosecutor Raymond Cheng told the District Court that Ngo had broken into the So Uk Estate home of Leung Yau-fun in Shamshuipo at night and stolen a mobile phone, a gold necklace and a bag as Mr Leung slept. After realising he had woken Mr Leung, Ngo rushed out on to the balcony but fell as he tried to climb down. The next thing Mr Leung heard was a banging sound, and he looked out to see Ngo lying on the ground below, completely still. He called the police and Ngo was arrested and the stolen items were recovered. Ngo pleaded guilty to one count of robbery yesterday. Defence lawyer Philip Li said his client had previously worked as a chef on the mainland. At the time, he had given half of his 1,200 yuan (HK$1,130) monthly salary to his parents, who lived with him. But since coming to Hong Kong on December 29 he had been unable to find work and had run out of money. Mr Li said Ngo had suffered enough because of his injuries, adding they would prevent him getting his old job back. However, in jailing Ngo, Judge Fergal Sweeney pointed out that the mainlander was a two-way permit holder and, as a visitor, was not entitled to look for work. His injuries were self-inflicted, the judge said.